Name the Dodger from some bling and seven numbers? What? Well, the first clue is the WORLD CHAMPION DODGERS 1988 ring. Second clue is the numbers on the fortune. Are those uniform numbers? The first result of a Google search under "1988 Dodgers uniform numbers" is this page at Baseball Almanac, which reveals:
- 48 Ramon Martinez
47 Jesse Orosco
3 Steve Sax
30 John Tudor
55 Orel Hershiser
49 Tim Belcher
26 Alejandro Pena
What now? The first letters of the first names spell out RJSJOTA...nonsense...but the first letters of the last names spell out MOSTHBP. Most HBP? Most hit-by-pitches? On what team?
"The answer to this puzzle is a current position player for the Dodgers," reads the puzzle's text, so a quick trip to Baseball-Reference.com tells us Andre Ethier is the team leader in HBP and the answer to this puzzle.
Congratulations to solvers extraordinaire drewdez, LLCoolL, Ubragg, Mr. Customer, Keven C, Golem, QuadSevens, rbnlaw, Andrew, DunkHawk, Matt, fanerman, StolenMonkey86, and Dusty Baker. (Participation points go to Neeebs, MLASF, Josh S., Javier, Jesus (no screen name) and Karina).
Updated puzzle rankings to be posted soon. Up next: The season-ending grand-slam puzzle! More brain cells, more points! Be here 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 1!